Israeli airstrike kills 3 boys aged 12 to 14 in Gaza

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Palestinian medics say three boys aged 12 to 14 have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the southeastern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Kidra of the Health Ministry says ambulance crews are bringing the bodies to a hospital from the perimeter fence dividing Gaza and Israel, according to the Associated Press.


The Israeli army said an aircraft hit three Palestinians who approached the security fence Sunday “and were apparently involved in placing” an explosive device to it.

In another development, a Palestinian has died two days after suffering gunshot wounds in clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave said Sunday, according to AFP.

The death raises to seven the number of Palestinians killed as a result of Friday’s clashes when thousands again approached the border fence.

At least 214 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in months of protests and clashes along the Gaza border.

One Israeli soldier has been killed since the protests and clashes began on March 30.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and attacks, which it accuses Hamas of seeking to orchestrate.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little threat.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, run by Hamas movement, have fought three wars since 2008.

Later on Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.

The violence came to an end after Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group that launched the rockets, said it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce.

No one was killed from the rocket fire and air strikes.

Several military flare-ups have occurred in the months since the protests began, prompting fears of a new war between the two sides.

With Agencies

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